Rep Webbers plan to establish online voter registration gains House approval

first_img26Sep Rep. Webber’s plan to establish online voter registration gains House approval Categories: Webber News State Rep. Michael Webber’s plan to modernize Michigan’s voter registration system by giving qualified voters the option to register online was unanimously approved today by the Michigan House.Webber, of Rochester Hills, said the legislation makes it more convenient for Michigan residents to register to vote while maintaining the integrity and security of Michigan’s elections.“Thirty-eight other states and the District of Columbia have already upgraded to online registration systems. It’s long past time for Michigan to follow suit,” Webber said. “Not only will it make it easier for people to exercise their right to participate in our democratic process, online voter registration systems in other states have resulted in increased government efficiency, improved accuracy and greater security.”Webber said the plan laid out in House Bills 5548 and 5549 allows people who are qualified to vote in Michigan to register to vote online if they already have a valid Michigan driver’s license or state identification card. People who register online would still be required to cast their first vote in person and present identification at that time, which is the same process for those that register to vote via mail.The plan includes several measures to ensure system security and prevent unauthorized users from accessing the online system.“The Secretary of State’s online system already allows for changes in address for both driver’s license and voter registration,” Webber said. “The website has proven to be successful and secure, and it will be simple to add the new service because information from driver’s licenses and state identification cards already exists in the system.”The legislation now moves to the Senate for further consideration.###last_img

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